The Registrar of the Supreme Court has returned the constitutional petition against lifelong disqualification with objections and said that the court has already ruled on the matter.
|This photo from January 29, 2021, shows the Supreme Court building in Islamabad (AFP)
The Registrar of the Supreme Court on Tuesday withdrew the constitutional petition challenging the lifelong disqualification, saying that the Supreme Court had already ruled on the matter. The petition was filed by the Supreme Court Bar Association.
According to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, petitions for review of lifelong disqualification have also been rejected and once the matter is decided, no new petition can be filed.
This request is important for determining the political future of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and PTI political leader Jahangir Tareen.
The Supreme Court had on July 28, 2017, disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case. Similarly, in the case of Hanif Abbasi, Jahangir Tareen was declared ineligible on December 15, 2017.
A petition filed by the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, requested the Supreme Court to apply the principle of lifelong disqualification only in electoral disputes.
The petition contends that under Article 184/3, the Supreme Court cannot conduct its affairs as a trial court.